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Signs protesting city officials' apparent misuse of taxpayer dollars were posted Tuesday outside Rocky Mount City Hall where meetings took place to discuss a recent state audit report.

Rocky Mount councilmen, mayor spar over state audit's claims of wasted money

ROCKY MOUNT — City officials sparred over a recent state audit report with little accomplished during two special meetings Tuesday. Andre Knight, the city’s mayor pro-tem, benefited …

Witness speaking to detectives in missing person case

NASHVILLE — Detectives have been speaking with a person they say could be a key witness in the disappearance of a Wilson man 16 years ago. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Day …

Littering leads to police chase, crash

BAILEY — What started as a simple case of littering on Friday turned into a police chase, a crash and a lot of criminal charges for a Raleigh man. “I had a subject throw out trash in …
Chef Andrew Morales prepares a prime rib sandwich at Michael's Showside Grill in Spring Hope on Saturday as the popular restaurant serves its first sitdown customers since the statewide stay-at-home order took effect March 30. The restaurant offered take out during the shutdown, but Morales, a 20-year chef, said it feels right to be serving meals on real plates again. Enterprise | Lindell J. Kay

Southern Nash restaurants reopen dining rooms: 'Phase 2' brings business boost

Businesses from restaurants to barbershops in southern Nash County have come back to life since the state allowed them to reopen last week. In Spring Hope, Michael’s Showside Grill opened …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Nash County reports 4th coronavirus death

NASHVILLE — Public health officials have announced a fourth COVID-19-related death in Nash County as the number of cases edges toward the 200 mark. A woman in her late 60s who had other …

Southern Nash towns well prepared for coronavirus aftermath

Towns in southern Nash County are set to fare better than other North Carolina cities in the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic aftermath and the expected loss of tax revenues, according to State …
Nash County sheriff's deputies investigate a 2018 shooting near Spring Hope. The suspect, Brian Dunlow, has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison.

Spring Hope shooting tied to long federal prison term

A Roanoke Rapids man has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison in connection to a 2018 shootout in Spring Hope. Brian Lee Dunlow, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon in …
Staff members at Nash UNC Health Care, like these nurses shown working with a patient, are wearing personal protective equipment including face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients and visitors will be required to wear face masks inside the hospital’s patient care areas.

Nash UNC Health Care to require masks for all patients, visitors

ROCKY MOUNT — Nash UNC Health Care is adding a new layer of safety measures to protect patients, staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.  Beginning Tuesday, May 26, all patients …
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The few, the proud, the plumbers: Generational gap

A few months ago, we had some trouble here at the house and had to call a plumber. Well, as renters, we actually called the emergency maintenance number and the tired woman at the other end of …

Memorial Day holds lessons for Americans, Christians

Man sentenced in federal drug case

Community Calendar: Federal grant prompts special meeting

Why aren’t we healed from the coronavirus?

Southern Nash News starts Roku channel


Nurse writes book to help kids understand social distancing

Nashville Elementary teacher earns ‘Ag in the Classroom’ grant

COVID-19 shelter offered for one more week

Weathercast: Sticky, cloudy and warm week ahead

Rocky Mount dealing with state audit's aftermath: Councilman rebuffs report in TV interview

Man sentenced to federal prison time in Nash County's biggest drug bust

Weathercast: Memorial Day weekend should be seasonable

Finding knowledge, amusement in YouTube binges

Rocky Mount postpones special meeting, council to discuss state audit Tuesday

Peachtree News: In-person worship at Peachtree Baptist resumes Sunday

Rocky Mount mayor: 4 council members refusing to attend emergency meeting

Weathercast: Some damp, cloudy days before weekend sunshine

Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce suffered during COVID-19 shutdown; 2020 Pumpkin Festival in limbo

Nash officials: 'No time to let your guard down' on COVID-19

Murder suspect can bail out of jail

Bailey sets public hearings on food trucks, ATMs

State auditor: Rocky Mount probe not racially motivated; 'We have irrefutable evidence'

Lawmaker calls foul on Rocky Mount audit, says report designed to 'attack and discredit people of color'

Rocky Mount mayor calls on councilman to step down after nearly $50K in utility bill write-offs

Girlfriend denies involvement in missing person case

Firebird seniors on parade: Community cheers Southern Nash High School grads

Red Cross: Blood donors needed to keep supply strong

Rocky Mount mayor holding Monday press conference on state audit's findings

Weathercast: Warm, sunny weekend, then predictions get hazy

Nash GOP calls on Knight, Blackwell to resign Rocky Mount City Council seats

Steak, lobster, credit and free utilities: Audit says Rocky Mount misused taxpayer funds

Free 2 councilmen, city manager, former mayor implicated in Rocky Mount financial probe

Rocky Mount wrote off nearly $50K in councilman's unpaid utility bills

State recovery office publishes guide to help after disasters

Listening for God’s voice?

Rocky Mount water department encourages safety measures

More small business loans available

Nonprofit receives federal funding for telehealth


Missing man's description given; $20,000 reward offered for information

Every week for four straight months, this newspaper has published articles about a Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County and now missing for 16 years. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, disappeared …

DA: Missing man's body not needed for a murder conviction

NASHVILLE — While a Wilson man has been officially listed as a missing person for 16 years, his family and local authorities are sure he’s dead, killed the night he vanished. Travis …

Missing man likely didn’t try to drive home

This photo provided by law enforcement shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Am similar to the one Travis Lynch owned when he disappeared in 2003. The car is missing as well. Authorities don't believe he tried to drive it home. A reward for useful information is being offered in the case.
MIDDLESEX ­— A missing Wilson man may have never made it to his girlfriend’s house or tried to drive home the night he vanished. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, left his girlfriend’s home near …

Missing man not involved in drugs

NASHVILLE — Authorities say a missing Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County 16 years ago wasn’t involved in the local drug scene. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve …

Person of interest named in Travis Lynch's disappearance

BAILEY — A locked up drug ringleader is the main person of interest in the disappearance of a Wilson man more than a decade ago. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve 2003. He was …
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Missing man’s uncle thinks someone will step forward

The uncle of a missing Wilson man said he believes someone will come forward with the key information needed to solve the case. Travis Lynch disappeared 16 years ago. He spent time with his …

Missing man seen at notorious nightclub before vanishing

BAILEY — A now shuttered nightclub with a long history of law enforcement troubles is the last place anyone outside his girlfriend’s family saw a Wilson man who’s been missing for 16 …

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Weathercast: Sticky, cloudy and warm week ahead

Sky-high humidity and plenty of showers and thunderstorms highlight this week’s weather in the Wilson Times area. An offshore trough and a low-pressure system over Florida are expected to …


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Make Facebook and Google pay for local news, just like you

If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. But it may …

Tom Campbell

Saturday school? Early and late shifts? Virus could bring dramatic changes

Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.  “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just …

Top sports stories
Matt Foster earns East-West All-Star Game selection
Seniors Makayla Everette of Beddingfield, Matt Foster of Southern Nash and Keishon Porter of SouthWest Edgecombe will all have one … Read More
Firebirds’ Watson hopes to be in middle of the action at NC Wesleyan
In his three years as a starting offensive lineman, Southern Nash High’s Luke Watson has helped pave the way for the Firebirds to … Read More
Leaving the lights on: With no sports, Hunt and Southern Nash aim to #BeTheLight
In what now seems like a time long ago, baseball teams from Hunt High and Fike were scheduled to play on Fike’s Gilbert Ferrell … Read More
Southern Nash Roundup: Ladybirds blank Nash Central in final March game
ROCKY MOUNT — With a shutdown of all sports imminent due to the threat of an outbreak of the coronavirus, varsity girls soccer teams … Read More
Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win
FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 … Read More
North Carolina's go-slow reopening may be costly

RALEIGH — Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our labor market cratered.  The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of …

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Our Opinion: Southern Nash shows its pride in our students

Southern Nash County had never witnessed a graduation parade before, but the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the last few months of the school year, creating a “new normal” and a new …

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